KP and I are right in the thick of preschool prep. Due to the fact that prior generations ruined the world and the economy (maybe I’m being dramatic), there is no middle class. This impacts us directly, because I make too much money to get her into a pre-k 3 or head start program and I don’t make NEARLY enough to send her to a decent private school for pre-k 3. With that being said, she’s in daycare and I supplement (as each parent should) at home.
She “learned” her ABCs in daycare. She knows the song by heart, but she can’t SAY them and she has trouble identifying them. Those two things are extremely important. At least here, in New Orleans, a child has to know those things for preschool.
Kids are “tested” before being admitted to a preschool program. They have to identify shapes, colors, be conversational, AND say the alphabet. Now, KP is a mover, shaker and general rule breaker. I HAVE to come up with engaging ways to teach her things or we’ll end up fighting (Seriously. She is vicious for someone under 48 inches.).
Here are some of the ways the we use (and my mom used with me) to learn the alphabet.
- Food – carrot sticks, pretzel sticks, cheese sticks ANYTHING you can shape into letters. This is how my mom taught me. (I told you I’ve been thick my whole life.)
- Popsicle stick art – Dude! Toddlers freaking LOVE glue. If I don’t keep an eye on her she’ll eat it…she eats most things (absolutely my kid). They also love hands on activities. You can help you sprout shape the sticks into different letters. KP and I do one of these a week.
- Letter Bingo w/prizes – Honestly it’s exactly how it sounds. I give KP a bingo sheet wit random letters and I pull letters from a bowl. When she get’s 5 in a row she gets a prize…she prefers snacks (there you go judging again). She has to know what the letters look like to mark them correctly…and it makes her count. Double Whammy!
- 5 Letters – This one is pretty basic, but she likes it. Each week I put 5 letters (in alphabetical order) on her easel. Each morning I identify them for her. When she gets home I randomly ask her to bring me a different letter. She’s super happy when she gets it right.
- Osmo -Ok people!!! This is NOT a sponsored post! That’s how amazing Osmo has been for us and KP is always excited to play. Osmo is an accessory for your iPad. It has a base and a reflector for the camera. It has several educational games tat are apart of its suite. We play Words and Numbers mostly. The Words app for her age group simply shows her a picture of something and she has to pickup the first letter of the word and place it in front of her iPad. She totally lights up when she gets it right. It wasn’t cheap but it was worth it.
These are the main ways I’m teaching KP the alphabet. Any engaging and creative ideas you have a definitely welcome.